Selecting Sheltered Spots

Early this morning Jackie continued the clearance in the Rose Garden. I carted her clippings to the compost bins and carried out more dead-heading before we shopped and the Co-op in Stopples Lane then took a drive into the forest.

Well before mid-day shadows flickering in the woodland alongside Bisterne Close manifested as clusters of fly-infested shelter-seeking ponies twitching tails, scratching with frantic hoof and friction against dappled tree trunk clinging together for comfort. Only the ferns risked the direct sun’s rays.

A pair of cyclists who wheeled along the Close were encountered at several points later, and could be

seen on Forest Road beyond a mare and foal, part of a group

disrupting traffic as they sought their own

spots of shelter beneath the spreading branches spanning the road.

Cattle preferred to shelter in the shrubbery.

Elizabeth visited us this afternoon, bringing goodies for Flo, and stayed for dinner which consisted of a selection of Papa John’s pizzas. My sister and I drank Esprit de Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 2019, and Jackie drank Hoegaarden.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

88 thoughts on “Selecting Sheltered Spots

    1. I can remember my mother’s 1950s dividend number. Strange how these random memories of no use whatsoever still remain.

      1. Strangely, I can’t remember the family telephone number, (we used to answer the phone saying it) but I remember the one at the in-laws!

  1. Ah, such beautiful animals – and your photos are magnificent, as always! Have a wonderful weekend… and stay hydrated, {{{Derrick}}}. Hugs! ❀ ❀

  2. Animals are far more sensible than humans – so many of the latter choose to sacrifice themselves to the sun god on hot days and then glow like incandescent beetroots at night!

  3. The cattle clustered under the trees brought a smile. This is the season when I’ll often see large groups of cattle gathered under a single oak tree in a pasture. The preference for shade is cross-cultural!

  4. Seeking shade seems to be a must. The photos are fantastic today, Derrick! I always love to read that you’ve had Papa John’s for dinner. It makes it seem like you’re not that far away. πŸ™‚

  5. The woodland ponies are gorgeous. I’ve seen something like the wildlife tent and didn’t know that’s what it was. Good to know.

  6. The photographs as a whole tell a great story, but the first one of the horse in silhouette goes into my list of IWIHTT. (I wish I had taken that!)

  7. I suppose there are veterinarians that regularly check up on the horses? The heatwave was horrendous for most humans so I can imagine the animal population found it just as hard to cope with; luckily the UK has an abundance of glorious shady trees.

  8. The black and white photo of the horse remind me of the ink paintings I used to do when I was studying Chinese brush painting. They’re beautifully shaped creatures.

  9. The ponies are beautiful! So sorry they have to endure the heat. Glad they can find some sheltered shady spots.
    You know I love seeing the light-n-shadows artwork nature creates for you to photograph! πŸ™‚
    And your B&W photos are especially striking…such amazing details and emotions pop out.
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

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